LAKE ISTOKPOGA 4 © 1989Sebring, FL
The southern rim of Lake Istokpoga is a magical place. It is filled with large beautiful cypress trees that survived the logging of the early 1900’s due to the fact that their interiors have large hollow areas. Because of the hollows, the wood isn’t good for commercial use, but they do make wonderful photography! I took this picture while standing in the water, after waiting for several hours for the light to be right. Gators were bellowing at me, and thunder and lightning was booming all around. To my dismay, when I proceeded to pack up my gear, I found that I had sunk so far into the muck I couldn’t get out. The suction was too great! Eventually, I figured out how to get out: by turning myself in circles, I made the hole I was caught in larger and larger, thus breaking the suction. I had to screw myself out of the muck! This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.